Sharon Marston's wonderful installation in Clerkenwell heralds an exciting new direction

Sharon Marston Willow Installation - Order of St Johns [This is a repost. A technical glitch removed the previous version.] 

Sharon Marston had a very good stand at the May Design Series out at ExCeL...

stand at May Design Series 2013

...which showed the kind of work for which she is best known -- and which demonstrated yet again that she is the finest artist in the world working with fibre optic filaments.

But, during the same week, she had an installation at the Order of St John, as part of Clerkenwell Design Week, that was completely different.

Willow Installation - Order of St Johns - 2

Instead, of the main structure being cracked fibre optic filaments, with delicate shapes wafting through them, this time Sharon Marston has used willow branches that were woven together at her studio.

There are fibre optic filaments, but they are almost invisible: what they contribute is tiny points of light that animate the installation.

Sharon Marston Willow Installation - Order of St Johns - Detail 2

And what look like real flowers are in fact 5,000 woven brass mesh flowers, all made by hand, also in that busy studio.

Sharon Marston Willow Installation - Order of St Johns - Detail 1

The result was enchanting -- a real sense of rus in urbe -- and, in its echo of a flower-strewn bower made from one of the trees most commonly found in England, a link to an imaginary bucolic past.

The result was also sustainable: the willow grows so easily (if the cricket bat willows by our lake are anything to go by!) that, environmentally, this installation merely kissed the earth...

Sharon Marston Willow installation at the Order of St johns

 

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